Are Trampoline Parks Safe?

Are Trampoline Parks Safe?

The BBC has released a report saying that injuries at trampoline parks are more serious than those sustained when using a trampoline at home, leading many people to ask, “are trampoline parks safe”?

Watch the video below for details…

The data comes from Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, where nearly 200 patients were treated for trampoline injuries in six months. While only 70 of the injuries were sustained at trampoline parks, the percentage suffering from fractures was actually higher, at 44 percent compared to 36 percent on home trampolines.

Personally, I’d want to see a much larger study done before I’d agree that there was a statistically significant difference between the percentage of fractures sustained at parks compared to homes.

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However, if we assume, for now, that parks are no safer than home trampolines, I’d want to know why that was the case. With all the trampoline padding, and instructional messages beforehand, you’d assume parks were safer. Is it possible that people think they’re safer at a trampoline park, so act more recklessly? Perhaps it’s a problem with more than one person being on a trampoline at the same time, which make it very easy to lose your balance.

With the number of trampoline parks growing, up from three in 2014 to about 200 today, the need to keep a close eye on safety is obvious. Apparently ambulances were called to nearly 1,200 incidents in English trampoline parks in 2017, more than three per day.

It’s suspected that some trampoline parks are not operating effective safety procedures. If so, it should be fairly easy to keep track of parks with above average incidents of injuries and ensure they adopt appropriate safety protocols. One organisation helping to enforce safety standards is the International Association Of Trampoline Parks. From August 2018, all IATP UK Park Members will be required to hold an inaugural certificate of compliance to the Publicly Available Standard 5000:2017. The IATP say…

This document sets out the minimum standards for the design, construction, and operation of trampoline parks. The PAS was sponsored by the IATP and written by a working group that included RoSPA, British Gymnastics, The Health and Safety Executive, Environmental Health Officers, Constructors, Insurers, and Operators

All trampolines sold via our partner site come with a safety enclosure as standard. Please have fun on your trampoline, but be aware of trampoline safety!

Trampoline Safety Tip Number Six

This is a simple safety tip…

Safety Tip Number Six: Perform Regular Safety Checks

It only takes one problem with your trampoline for accidents to happen. Be vigilant and look for potential problems such as the padding moving around and exposing the springs, straps loosening on the safety enclosure which could cause it not to work properly, corrosion or rust on the main body of the trampoline meaning it should be repaired or replaced, wearing of the stitching holding the springs onto the jump mat.

All of these things and more can be detected with a quick inspection of your trampoline prior to each use. Yes, it can be a minor inconvenience to do a safety check on your trampoline each time, but isn’t that minor inconvenience insignificant compared to the feeling of knowing you did the inspection and your kids can play safely? When set against the trauma of an accident, it’s no big deal to check the trampoline regularly, right? So be sure to train yourself so that when your kids ask to go on the trampoline, you’re response is, “just let me check it a minute“.

As they say, prevention is better than cure, and that’s applicable to this situation. We want you to enjoy your trampolines safely, so please use the safety tips published at this website.

Trampoline Safety Tip Number Five

This is a commonly-ignored safety tip. I don’t know why, but if people just abided by this one tip there’d be a lot less accidents…

Safety Tip Number Five: One Person On The Trampoline

There are two very good reasons for this tip. Firstly, more than one person on a trampoline will cause balance problems for everyone on it because the trampoline mat will form contours as the people are bouncing up and down. If you land on a contour, or while the mat is coming up when you expect it to be moving down, you’ll be thrown in an unexpected direction at an unexpected speed.

How many times have you seen a young child on a trampoline jump up and down and be thrown in an unexpected direction by landing in the contours formed by a larger person? Invariably, the little person falls over. If they fall into the space where the larger person is jumping, there’s a large chance of an accident, with the child most likely to get seriously hurt. Read how a child got hurt in a similar accident here.

The second reason for this safety tip is simply that with more than one person on the trampoline, there’s a chance of collisions with the other people, making accidents much more likely. If you take the precaution of padding the springs and sharp edges of the trampoline, why would you then let your children use it with the sharp edges of elbows and knees of other people flying around near them?

Trampoline Safety Tip Number Four

Here’s our latest trampoline safety tip…

Safety Tip Four: Site The Trampoline On Level Grass With Padding

OK, you may be thinking, “well, of course”, but you’d be surprised at how many people place their trampolines on concrete. It only takes one fall through an incorrectly set up safety enclosure onto concrete to be either fatal or very serious. Don’t take the risk. Set up your trampoline on grass because it will allow the body to distribute the shock of impact better than a solid surface. If possible, use cushioning for 6-feet (2 metres) around the trampoline… you can either use foam padding or throw a few sacks of bark chips on top of the grass. As long as you’re adding “springiness”, you’ll cushion the blow of anything falling onto it. Of course, if you want the grass to survive, you’ll need to do a bit of maintenance and periodically move the bark chips so the grass can get sunlight.

Another important safety factor to bear in mind is that the grass is level. You don’t want people bouncing on your trampoline and it rocking unsteadily from side to side because the graound is uneven, you’ll be risking it tipping over.

We hope our safety tips help you enjoy safe trampolining!

Trampoline Safety Tip Number Three

Our third safety tip for trampolines is a simple one…

Safety Tip Three… Don’t Set A Trampoline Up Near Trees, Fences Or Anything Else

Ideally, you want a six-feet (2-metre) clear zone all around the trampoline. By making sure there’s nothing sharp or solid to jump into or land on, you’ll reduce the risk of serious accidents. Of course, it’s important to take all the other safety tips into consideration because this tip in isolation will probably only reduce the severity of an injury, but it’s better not to have any injuries in the first place. Although, if you use this tip to site a trampoline away from a tree and thereby avoid jumping into it, you’ll appreciate this safety tip!

Be safe on your trampoline and enjoy your trampolining!

Trampoline Safety Tip Number Two

Ok, this is a fairly simple safety tip, but often ignored…

Safety Tip Two: Use A Trampoline Enclosure.

Nowadays, a lot of trampolines are sold with enclosures, which is a great way to encourage their use. Yes, it does feel like a bit like you’re jumping inside a room, but that’s a small price to pay for added safety.

If you don’t want to get or use a safety enclosure (i’m not sure why that would be), then another way to make a trampoline safer is to dig a hole for the trampoline legs to sink down into. By doing that, you’ll decrease the potential fall distance and make the trampoline safer. Do be sure to leave enough room under the trampoline for it to be clear of the ground when in use.

Enjoy your trampoline, and be safe!

Trampoline Safety Tip Number One

At Acrobat Trampolines we want you to have a wonderful, safe time on your trampoline, so we present the first in a series of safety tips…

Safety Tip Number One: No Somersaults

The most important safety tip I can think of is that you know before getting on a trampoline not to do somersaults unless you’re already skilled. Most people seem to think that trampoline injuries are a result of falling off the trampoline, when in fact, most injuries are a result of bad attempts at somersaults. This misconception gives rise to the problem of people thinking that if they have a safetly enclosure, they’re “safe”, when they’re not.

Don’t get me wrong, safety enclosures are a very good idea and we recommend using them. However, they will not prevent you from getting injured if you attempt a “head over heels” and get it wrong, land on your neck and suffer paralysis. Please, don’t attempt somersaults on trampolines unless you are skilled. This one safety tip could be the difference between enjoying your trampoline for a lifetime, or a nasty injury.

Look for more trampoline safety tips in the future.